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Bullying & HarassmentNovember 5, 2015
Did you know that sarcasm, bad faith, isolating, the cold shoulder, belittling, setting unreasonable tasks or deadlines and innuendo can now constitute as bullying?
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has recently stated that these less obvious behaviours can now be considered workplace bullying, highlighted in the recent case of Rachel vs View Launceston when Ms Roberts was unfriended on Facebook by a work colleague.
In the case of ‘repeated unreasonable behaviour’ the FWC conceded that this can refer to a range of behaviours occurring over a period of time.
The case of Roberts Vs View Launceston showed how broad and potentially hard to detect unreasonable behaviour can be. The classification of workplace bullying is constantly changing and now normal social norms, everyday behaviour and ‘gentle ribbing’ can be seen as bullying.
The risk of workpalce bullying can be eliminated or minimised by early detection of unreasonable behaviour and through:
Employers need to constantly be on the ball of changing workplace rules. If you have concerns regarding the culture and behaviour within your workplace, call Employsure today on 1300 651 415. We are always available to take your call and answer any questions you may have.
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